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09:00 18 March - 17:00 20 June 2013

Foreign Bodies Exhibition


North Cloisters | Wilkins Building (link Map)
Gower St | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free of charge
Ticketing: Open

Where does the familiar end and the foreign begin?

A public exhibition in the North Cloisters by UCL research students, re-interpreting the museum collections through the theme of foreign bodies. The term foreign body has been used in medicine since the mid 1700s, to mean an object of external origin found within the human body. Since that time collections of these items have fascinated and intrigued doctors and their patients alike. How and why do objects end up inside the human body?

Via seven very different research projects, audiences are invited to explore the idea of what is alien – biologically, psychologically, socially and politically – and how this concept has shifted across history, culture and even species. There will be a trail leading visitors to relevant objects in UCL museums, available during opening hours, Tues – Sat, 1-5pm.


Researchers in Museums
+44 (0) 20 7679 2354 | researchersinmuseums@ucl.ac.uk


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